Ride benefits NAMI suicide awareness trainings, Maumee Valley Guidance Center veterans' outreach program and KAVICRead Now
A record number of motorcycles and riders participated in the 4th annual Suicide Awareness bike ride on Saturday, July 11. It took nearly two minutes for more than 100 bikes to empty the Wauseon VFW Post 7424 parking lot as part of the Team Deeds benefit. Julie Deeds and her son Justin and their friends organized the first ride in 2017 with 12 bikes participating. They organized the event to raise awareness of mental health issues and to prevent suicide, which took the life of Julie's husband, Dennis, in 2012.
In addition to the ride, Julie and her crew put together a silent auction, raffles, door prizes and food for participants. Registration was $20 per rider and $10 for passengers and non-riders.
Some 101 motorcycles -- many with two riders -- were signed up to participate in the 4th Annual Dennis Deeds Memorial Suicide Awareness Bike Ride on Saturday, July 11. It took more than two minutes for all of the bikes to leave the VFW parking lot in Wauseon. The Wauseon Police Department and Fulton County Sheriff's Office provided the escort.
WATCH A SLIDE SHOW OF 101 MOTORCYCLES LEAVING THE FROM WAUSEON VFW POST 7424 BELOW.